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Module Code: ARC409
Module Title: Architectural Design and Research Methods
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
This seminar on architectural enquiry examines theoretical underpinnings and critical thinking pertinent to research in architectural practice and architectural scholarship. In the seminar, students will become familiar with the endeavor of critical enquiry and research in the field of architecture, understand how to conduct research, and produce and present a thesis prospectus exploring a body of architectural knowledge, raising questions to be explored, and outlining theories and methods by which to explore them. The body of architectural knowledge engaged with in this module is allied with the content of Studio 3, and together these two semester 3 modules prepare students for the development and presentation of the design and written components of their thesis in semester 4.
Learning outcomes 
A. Critically evaluate a range of research tools and methods relevant to the practice and culture of architecture and urban design.

B. Demonstrate an advanced ability to identify research resources to set and explore a relevant research question critically, and in relation to an architectural design project.

C. Synthesise an advanced understanding of the influence of theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture.

D. Integrate into a theoretical agenda an advanced understanding of the influence of the design and development of cities on the contemporary built environment, and of the impact of building projects on existing communities.

E. Synthesise research into original, logically and creatively argued written work in compliance with academic conventions.

Method of teaching and learning 
Seminar, with in-class discussion and careful review of student writing by the tutor
In this module students conduct research as part of their own thesis project. Each student will produce and present their thesis prospectus engaging questions in the practice and theory of architecture. In this prospectus the student will propose a thesis question, explore and demonstrate their command of the appropriate bodies of architectural research related to their question, and identify and develop a specific set of theories and methods (a “toolbox”) appropriate to exploring their own thesis question. The contents of this “toolbox” will be unique for each student, and must provide a set of working methods for exploring and developing that point of view. At the end of this course the successful student will have developed a position and goals for their thesis project, have engaged existing literature through reading and response, and speculated on how their thesis work will contribute to architectural research and practice. Students will be offered structured research methods suitable for design including reflective practice/action research and grounded theory.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   52        98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Writing Assignments 40.00
2 Thesis Prospectus 60.00

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